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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 5.45.32 PMTo round out our many Pinot Noir wines in a row, I picked out one with a little more age on it. When aging wine you have to be very careful with Pinot Noir because unless it has a lot of structure and body, it is a wine that will not age as well as say a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today’s selection is now 8 years old and is the 2007 Alta Maria Vineyards Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. On their website, they only have the 2011, 2012, and 2013 vintages with different version of this wine. Now, 2007 should have been a good vintage year because there is a quote under the 2012 version “This vintage presents some of the best wines since 2007!”

Since we have no tasting notes, we will just get into my tasting notes for this wine.

Color – Cloudy ruby red with some red brick on the edges.

Nose – Dried cherries, roses, and tobacco.

Taste – Earthy with smoked meats and notes of strawberries and boysenberries.

Finish – medium with very high acid. The tannins are medium.

Overall, this one definitely has some age on it. It is very good but the acid makes it not as smooth as it could be. Compared to the ones I have had all week, it is almost day and night between the earth and the fruit. This wine may be going through it’s dumb phase but that acid was what really lowered it’s grade for me.

Rating: B

~Justin